The final day of the InterCor TESTFEST focused mainly on our guests. Around 70 international guests were joined us and they were given a substantive program along with hands-on experience of the ITS-G5 communication technology, allowing for them to see how this technology works on the road.
Speakers from all over the world, from private as well as public parties, gave their vision on ITS-G5 and Cooperative ITS Services during a workshops. It was a particularly topically issue because Volkswagen, and other industry players, recently announced their intentions to focus their efforts on ITS-G5 / Cooperative Services from 2019 on.
There was also a demonstration of the Road Works Warning service as we took our guests for test drives passing road works on the A16. We also made various so called “virtual test scenarios” available, simulating realistic disruptive scenarios on the road.
Meanwhile, as testing resumed on the A16, a malfunction in the regular systems threatened to end the TESTFEST early but fortunately for us our colleagues from the traffic control centre were able to fix the problem quickly.
A number of parties used this final test day to further test some details, especially the presented tunnel scenario which concentrated on the loss of the GPS signal in a winding tunnel such as the Drechttunnel, a significant challenge.
An incredible amount of data has been collected this week by participating road authorities as well as industry players. We will be evaluating this data and using it to refine the specifications of the system and the initial services. The TESTFEST was an informative experience on all levels. The exchange of knowledge between road authorities and industry players, and mutually between market parties, was perceived as very positive. Also the opportunity to test during live road works on the busy A16 with challenging road sections was highly appreciated. Various participants have asked if a follow-up would be possible.
The fact that the development of the technology has reached the next stage was demonstrated by the sudden interest of software companies in the TESTFEST and the presence of many international road authorities and suppliers of the automotive industry. What was most apparent from the TESTFEST was the fact that we are now all on the same page, which means that after this TESTFEST we can work together towards a large-scale roll-out of ITS-G5 services across Europe.
For more pictures from day 3, please click here.
Below is our final Vlog from the TESTFEST